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This is Jazz Noir by Jesse Selengut & Noir

Jesse Selengut - trumpeter, composer and band-leader introduces the listener to his band Noir, with a dark ominous electronic wail, rapidly laying down a smooth trumpet melody that catches fire as the accompanists push the song headlong into a fusion of excitement on the opener "Key Laser." The album This is Jazz Noir, is a fusion of tame avant-garde jazz, jazz rock, jazz funk, electric jazz and acoustic jazz presented in a tasteful and enjoyable manner.

Jesse Selengut has a great trumpet tone, his phrasing creates excitement, he blows hot, funky lines, sometimes syncopated, other times, lyrical, pleading riffs that compliment the songs beautifully. The song "Follow," composed by Mr. Selengut displays his versatility, writing and playing, he is assisted by guest artist, tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin, a fine display of artistry ensues.

The other members of the band contribute on every tune, Daniel Kelly a keyboard player and electronics expert has composed one tune on the album "Doppelganger." The song starts out with a deep bass tone, care of bassist Gavin Fallow, a slow pulse, an intricate electronic piano melody soars through the funeral march, opening a window for an inspired trumpet break to flow in rhythmical harmony while drummer Kyle Struve swings with jubilation and free form motion to end on a sustained cymbal roll.

The album is made up of eight tracks, with fine trumpet playing by Mr. Selengut, a solid and exciting rhythm section, a guest saxophonist - Donny McCaslin, an added bonus on a couple of the tracks. The CD This is Jazz Noir is well worth a listen, contemporary, happening music that will appeal to folks who like listening to good music.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jesse Selengut & Noir
  • CD Title: This is Jazz Noir
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Noir
  • Tracks: Key Laser, Trusted Twitch, Doppelganger, Follow, Roses, Underpass, Deadpan, The Armeer Story
  • Musicians: Jesse Selengut (trumpet), Daniel Kelly (keyboards, samplers), Kyle Struve (drums), Gavin Fallow (bass) Donny McCaslin (tenor saxophone)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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